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When a person is farsighted, near images appear to be more blurry than those at a distance. Severe cases of farsightedness can affect distance as well. Also called HYPEROPIA, farsightedness occurs when the cornea is too flat or the eye is too short. These conditions prevent the light rays that enter your eyes from bending enough to reach a point to focus on the retina. Instead, the images you see focus behind the retina. It occurs far less often than nearsightedness and its prevalence increases with age.

Treatment often includes glasses, contact lenses, or LASIK/PRK (laser vision correction).


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